Research programmes are a public service which shall represent an area of research, which is relevant and useful for a longer period of time and which is of such importance for Slovenia that there is national interest, as defined in the National Research and Development Programme, for long-term research by the programme group in this area.
Research programmes are carried out by programme groups in public research institutions, universities, independent education institutions and programme groups organised by public and private legal entities on the basis of concessions. Programme groups comprise a head of group, at least five researches holding a doctorate and technical staff from one or more research organisations. Programme members can take part only in one research programme. Researchers must have a doctorate, a record of research and development results for the last five years, and research titles in line with existing regulations. Young researchers may also participate in the programme group.